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Rosie O'Donnell holds 'resistance address' rally outside White House ahead of Trump speech

WASHINGTON (WJLA/Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A crowd of several hundred gathered near the White House Tuesday night to hear comedian Rosie O’Donnell and other speakers bash President Trump even before he’d spoken to a joint session of Congress.

The event was organized by a number of liberal and progressive groups and was held in Lafayette Square. Organizers had said they were expecting thousands, but a much smaller crowd showed up in the rain.

O’Donnell accused Trump of taking away people’s rights. Even though he’s only been in office a little over a month, she basically called for him to be thrown out.

“Government are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed,” O’Donnell said. “And whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter and abolish it, and to institute new government. That is why we are here!”

The crowd heard from other speakers as well, including some who discussed the environment and American Indian and Muslim issues.

One organizer told ABC7 News the protest was held before – and not after – the speech because the groups sponsoring it wanted to take control of “the narrative,” and they also weren’t expecting to hear much they agreed with from the President.

The groups participating in the event included the ACLU, MoveOn.org and several others.

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